HISTORY 257 - Ancient Law
Fall 2021, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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Credits:
4
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Repeatability:
May not be repeated for credit.
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Description

What was “law” in the ancient world? Does it even make sense to talk about a common, cross-cultural, transhistorical concept of law that we can then trace across differing cultural contexts, regions, periods? In this course, we will take these questions to a varied set of sources and cultures: from the eighteenth-century BCE laws of Hammurabi inscribed on a stele to the fourth-century BCE Greece law speeches, and from the third-century BCE Chin dynasty legal manuals on bamboo strips through to various biblical texts. We will inquire into the nature of “law,” “justice,” social orderings, authority, violence, and (mostly) human interactions in ancient India, China, the Middle East, and Greece. In attempting to engage comparatively, we will also reflect on contemporary understandings of law, norms, and social ordering. Expect to encounter a diversity of sources ranging from codes, narratives, plays, court speeches, inscriptions, histories, and philosophical texts.

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Schedule

HISTORY 257 - Ancient Law
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
 In Person
29422
Open
27
 
4
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (DIS)
 In Person
29423
Open
1
 
4
Th 12:00PM - 1:00PM
003 (DIS)
 In Person
29424
Open
12
 
-
Th 2:00PM - 3:00PM
004 (DIS)
 In Person
29425
Open
14
 
-
Th 3:00PM - 4:00PM

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